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Offline joboy

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'Singleman'
« on: Thursday 27 December 12 06:18 GMT (UK) »
James Chandler married Sarah Potterton at Holy Trinity Guildford 21 Feb 1808 and it says he was a 'Single Man'.
Never seen this before ..... could he have been married previously and single now because of a death or divorce with a previous wife?
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Re: 'Singleman'
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 27 December 12 09:45 GMT (UK) »
I would have thought it was just the clergyman's individual way of saying "Bachelor"?

Divorce in 1808 would be rather rare?
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Re: 'Singleman'
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 27 December 12 10:29 GMT (UK) »
I would agree with KGarrard  :)

I looked to see what he had written on the other marriages but it was the Curate who married these two the rest of the marriages on the page were performed by two other people.

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Re: 'Singleman'
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 27 December 12 17:36 GMT (UK) »
Found many of my Essex ancestors described as "singleman" and "single woman" in the parish registers.
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Re: 'Singleman'
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 27 December 12 17:53 GMT (UK) »
I have just looked at other marriages around that time (1809) at Holy Trinity and Samuel Leggatt (curate) states 'singleman' on the majority of those marriages he performs.  ;)

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Re: 'Singleman'
« Reply #5 on: Friday 28 December 12 14:22 GMT (UK) »
I have seen this quite frequently.

If you are single then you have never been married. So a single man is the same as a bachelor.

If he had been married and his wife had died he would be a widower. If he was divorced, though extremely rare at that time, I think it would say divorced, or previous marriage dissolved'

You can never go back to being single! Despite this being an expression used in modern time for someone without a current 'partner' of any sort.
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Re: 'Singleman'
« Reply #6 on: Friday 28 December 12 16:03 GMT (UK) »
One person on my tree appears as a 'bachelor' on both of his marriages (1882 & 1889) I have still to find out what happened to his first wife.  :) 
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